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PathReD 2019 Congress Venue Venue details to be inserted Coming soon

18 – 21 July 2019

PathReD 2019 will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa

To learn more about the venue, click here to visit the congress venue website

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Entry requirements for South Africa
For the latest information on South African entry requirements, please select this link: Department of Home Affairs for the Republic of South Africa

  • Apply early! The recommended visa application processing time is 4 to 6 weeks. However, this is subject to change.
  • South Africa does not process visas upon arrival. Only select countries are able to enter without visas, and you must check with your local embassy or consulate to determine your individual entry requirements.
  • Contact your local South African Embassy or Consulate for current information. For a list of locations, please select the following link: South African Representation Abroad.
  • PathReD is not responsible for assisting with visa processes. A Letter of Invitation can be requested during the registration for PathReD 2019. Please note PathReD cannot contact an embassy or consulate on your behalf.
It is critically important for visa applications to be processed well in advance of your anticipated departure date. South African embassies frequently require appointments and/or in-depth biometrics, which can add weeks to the visa application process.

Obtaining your “Letter of Invitation”

PathReD 2019 Letter of Invitation

Your letter of invitation is sent upon request during the online registration process for PathReD 2019.

If you do not receive your Letter of Invitation, please email and include your registration confirmation number.

Travel arrangements

Please contact Travel With Flair (021 419 1350) to arrange flights to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. Delegates are requested to make their own travel arrangements on time. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from OR Tambo International Airport. Travel logistics will be communicated to staff on time.

Note:NHLS Staff requiring financial assistance should complete the Scientific Travel and Events Attendance Form and submit completed forms to:


PathReD has pre-arranged accommodation at the congress venue. Pre-arranged accommodation will be provided on a first come – first serve basis. Please indicate whether you require accommodation on your online registration form.

For queries regarding accommodation, please email

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PathReD 2019 Travel and Tourism Information
The information below aims to serve as a guide for local PathReD 2019 travel and tourism information. Please direct additional queries to PathReD email

Conference attire is business casual for all days

Conference Shuttles
A complimentary shuttle service will be provided to and from OR Tambo International Airport.

WiFi and internet access will be available at the congress venue and hotels. Please check with your hotel to determine if a fee is charged for these services.

Pre-arranged accommodation at the congress venue includes breakfast. Should you not be utilizing the congress venue for accommodation, please check with your hotel to confirm if breakfast and dinner are included in your nightly room rate. Morning and afternoon tea breaks as well as lunch will be provided at the congress. Dinner will be available for purchase at the hotels and restaurants at the congress venue.

The local currency is the South African Rand. ATMs are available at the congress venue.

Safety and Security
The City of Johannesburg Tourism Information recommends the following:

  • Keep your valuables such as jewellery and mobile phones hidden whenever possible.
  • Keep high-tech equipment such as cameras on your person at all times.
  • Try to walk in groups as far as possible, especially at night.
  • Pickpockets usually operate where there are large crowds. Be sure to keep your valuables safely tucked away on your person.
  • Try to follow main routes when travelling and stay in well-lit areas at night.
  • Hitch-hiking is dangerous. Do not pick up strangers or accept rides from people you don’t know.
  • When driving, stow your bags and other valuables out of sight, keep your doors locked and be vigilant when stopping at intersections.

July is winter in Johannesburg, with sunny days at an average temperature of 17 degrees Celsius and a drop in overnight temperatures. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing

The PathReD Organising Committee, and participating societies accept no liability for any damage, injuries and/or losses of whatever nature incurred by participates and/or accompanying persons.

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Important Dates

18 March 2019 Early Bird Registration: opens

07 April 2019 Early Bird Registration: closes

10 May 2019 Standard Registration: closes

05 June 2019 Late registration: closes